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    "Blackberry Eating" by Galway Kinnell

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    In regards to the poem, "Blackberry Eating..."

    1) What comparison does the poet find between "certain peculiar words"(9) and blackberries? How appropriate is it?

    2) Is the poem free verse or metrical? How do various musical devices reinforce its meaning?

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    Because he attests to the richness of language in this poem, black art shows that picking and eating berries is akin to how the sensory power of words can reflect the sensory explosion in nature with the "black art" or the mystery and intrigue of both berries and writing. I feel like this "black art" can also symbolize his poetry writing.

    In line 8, he ...

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    "Blackberry Eating" by Galway Kinnell is briefly explicated in terms of diction.